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Old 12-12-2009, 04:38 PM   #1
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Best Way to Move Pallete's from Front of House to Backyard


Hi everyone, I was hoping to get some advice. I just had a shipment of stones delivered to my place. The truck driver said he couldn't get his truck onto my driveway and/or the grass to boom the stones into the yard. I need to get the stones off the front lawn (about 10 pallets) in the most cost effective manner.

Anyone have any ideas? I thought about a pallet jack but seeing that the pallets are on the cold ground/lawn I think the pallet jack would simply sink into the ground.

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Like they moved the stones for The Pyramids; several tree trunk sections under each pallet, move the sections from behind the pallet to the front while your helpers push. Softer ground needs larger diameter sections and a bigger whip for your helpers.

Watch your toes.

When you're done, split the wood and burn it in your fireplace.


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I do rock work in the hill country and have the same problem and this is what I do:
wheelbarrow
Bobcat, Rent one for one day. Costs me about $135 delivered
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Ayuh,... Robin beat me to it,.. Wheelbarrow...

Maybe a Mason's barrow if the stones are squarish....

Rental skid-steer or some sorta tractor is an good idea...
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Thanks for the suggestions so far guys. I actually moved 3 pallets using the trunk of my suv and it took like 6 hours and my hand and back are shot today.

A friend mentioned a bobcat, does that thing normally come with the fork lift teeth attachment? I have only seen bobcats with the digger attached. Same goes for the skid steer.

If i can rent either and be able to fork lift the pallets well worth it.
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I'm sure you can get any attachment you ever wanted. Usually I just dump the rocks in the bucket and dump or spread the rocks to the area needed. The reason I do that is you can spot the rocks you need as you go along. What kind of work are you doing.
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I should have mentioned its pavers for a patio instead of stone. I am going to call up the local rental place up here see what they charge.
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Don't you have any kids?


Dang, that is the biggest reason I had any kids at all.


slave labor

Oh, and a Bobcat is a name brand of a skid steer loader and there are forks available for use with them. You will want to have an approx weight of the pallet of pavers. The skids do have their limitations.
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Ahhh, thats a good point. I am going to have to find out what one of the pavers weights and then multiply that by the amount on the pallet. So I need a skid steer with forks.
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[quote=nap;365774]Don't you have any kids?


Dang, that is the biggest reason I had any kids at all.


slave labor

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I love this idea and am looking forward to seeing pictures and videos of how it works out. Slaves, as those described near me, tend to rebel or otherwise loose enthusiasm from my experience even with threats of witholding food, car keys, and being totally cut off from an imagined immense and wealthy estate that might be theirs some day. Some I know would do it but not with the pace even legal immigrants from Labor Ready would for minimum wage. Hint. Hint.

You should be able to get a pallete handling thing for a bobcat type tractor if you have room to move it around the yard. Wheelbarrows and slave labor would actually be a better choice though since you have to break the bricks off at some point anyhow? Dragging palettes of bricks is going to have to tear your yard apart on the way with a tractor. Lot of weight all at one time on the palette and the bobcat?.

Call the labor temp agency in your area? The guys will have those bricks unloaded and restacked where you really want them in no time. Or, rent a field capable forklift for about the same amount of money and be done with this? Trust me the wheels on anything capable of moving palettes of bricks is going to carve a groove or two in your yard.

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Temp labor or day laborer service - I use one often when I need someone younger and skinnier than me.
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Usually these are pretty heavy pallets
If the ground is soft at all a machine may sink in
I looked into picking up pavers with my F150
But at 1/2 pallet at a time due to weight it wasn't worth it (saving delivery fee)

I had them delivered & made sure they had the right machine to deliver to the back yard
All of my lumber deliveries have had one of these on the back of the truck
One was even able to load the lumber sideways to put it into the garage

The bobcat forks have different weight ratings...around 1800 & 3400 lbs
You will probably need the ones that handle the greater weight
Find out how much a pallet weighs before attempting this


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Find out how much a pallet weighs before attempting this
150 #/cu. ft. x 27 cu ft. = 4100#.
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Let me guess, you ordered from menards.

I ordered 1500 retaining wall blocks. 15 different plallets. I told them I wanted in the backyard and paid the extra 150 for that service. They show up with a semi thinking it can get into a back yard. I made them go back and figure out a way to get it in my backyard. The guy said I could just carry them. I asked him why then would I pay 150 dollars for you guys to put them where I want them. Ill just cancel the order and find someone who can do it for me.

In the end - the 4000 dollars was worth figuring out a way to get it done.
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Most rental companies will have the fork attachment for the skid loader. Here is a picture of what they look like, they are on a quick attachment plate that attaches were the bucket would go.

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